Bengals fans pay it forward, donate to Blake Bortles' foundation

Bengals fans pay it forward, donate to Blake Bortles' foundation

Bengals fans pay it forward, donate to Blake Bortles' foundation

According to WTLV in Jacksonville, more than 100 Cincinnati Bengals fans have donated to the Blake Bortles Foundation.

The best new trend in sports fandom is back this week, with another fan base donating to a player's foundation as a way of showing thanks for their play on the field. This kind of gesture from Cincinnati fans, however, is the unique type of rivalry practice that is not violent and vitriolic in nature, but rather altruistic.

After the Bengals helped send the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs by beating the Baltimore Ravens, happy Bills fans showed their appreciation by donating to the Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd foundations.

The Blake Bortles Foundation was established in 2015 to support children with intellectual and developmental challenges as they pursue independent and active lives.

Bengals supporters are responding in a similar fashion following the Jacksonville Jaguars' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

So far, Bortles' charity has only received $5,000 in donations.

"Fans are at the core of the football experience and it's truly exciting and rewarding when they band together, regardless of the team they cheer for, to make a positive impact in the lives of others", Bortles said in a statement. "I greatly appreciate the support displayed by Bengals fans and they should know their support will make a difference".

A few weeks ago Buffalo Bills fans expressed their gratitude to the Bengals for helping them make the playoffs by donating to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation. So the opportunity to be able to continue to play feels awesome."Bortles and the Jaguars are 9.5 point underdogs against New England this Sunday".

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